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Black & White

Even with the analogue film cameras, the color film replaced almost completely the b&w film. But there were still enough people who like b&w pics. Until now, you will find b&w films. Just a few companies still produce these films and there are still labs who are specialized on development of b&w film. With the digital cameras, b&w became more popular again because it’s easy. Either you switch the camera to b&w mode or you convert the color picture into a b&w picture in post processing. But when is good to turn a pic into b&w? When you want to reduce a picture to the geometrical forms in the picture, a b&w conversion is a good idea. Sometimes, color can be irritating and so it might be a good idea to convert a pic into b&w.

But like with almost everything, there are different approaches leading to the same goal. When you switch the camera to b&w mode, the camera uses the red pixel information. If you convert a color picture into b&w, you can either reduce the saturation, you can choose discard color information by converting it into greyscale, you can use the color mixer in Photoshop or you use special filters for it. And to make it more confusing, not every way of converting a picture delivers the best result with every picture. From my experience, it depends a lot on the result you want to get. The picture below was taken in color mode and converted into b&w in Photoshop by simply converting it into greyscale. After the conversion, I just raised the contrast and that’s it.

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin - ©2013 Robert Traut

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin – ©2013 Robert Traut

Perth, Western Australia

The skyline of Perth - ©2012 Robert Traut

The skyline of Perth – ©2012 Robert Traut

The skyline of Perth, taken from the ferry across the Swan River.

Landscape shots

A friend once asked me why his landscape shots always have a burnt out sky while others don’t have this. I told him that the others use a simple trick, they use Gradual Neutral Density filters (GND). The GND allows to reduce partially the amount of light.  Unlike a Neutral Density (ND) filter, it doesn’t reduce the overall amount of light to enable a longer expsoure. When you look at a GND filter, you will realize that it starts dark and get lighter towards the middle of the filter. And there are filters with a soft or hard graduation. The shot below was taken with a Canon EOS 400D with the Canon EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and a HI-Tech GND 0.9 filter.

The famous rice terraces in Ubud - ©2010 Robert Traut

The famous rice terraces in Ubud – ©2010 Robert Traut


Shooting animals can be quite tricky. Most wildlife photographers have to take a lot of effort and patientice to get the shot they want. And normally, you recognize wildlife photographers from their super telephoto lenses. But why do they need up to 600mm local length? This has two reasons… either to protect themselves or to stay far enough before the animals takes flight. Shooting a predator like a tiger or a lion with a 50mm lens might only work when the whole pack is full. Otherwise you won’t get close enough for a nice shot. But even then it is still very dangerous. And preys will espace before you get close enough. That’s why focal length gets so important in wildlife photography.

Another possibility is to take animal shots in a zoo. Unfortunately, there is always a fence or a thick security glass that make the shot quite challenging. But it has also some advantages. You get closer to the animals and they are normally less shy. The bird shot below was taken in Taman Safari Cisarua which is close to Bogor, Java Barat (Western Java), Indonesia.

Yellow bird – ©2013 Robert Traut